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The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.
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Publisher's Summary

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.

So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.

©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin

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    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-10-12
    Heidi Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-10-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book (audio and hard copy) to friends. It was a great story, had me hooked from the beginning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the main detective. He was seemed like a real person.


    What does Erik Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the accents, I wouldn't have come up with them on my own.


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    Linda BLACKFOOT, ID, United States 09-10-12
    Linda BLACKFOOT, ID, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen!! Good narration."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeper of Lost Causes to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The plot got deeper throughout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't really have a favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Edge of your seat fantastic!


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    Cyndi United States 09-10-12
    Cyndi United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "grabbed my attention then forgot I was still there"
    Would you try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen and/or Erik Davies?

    Probably not. Erik Davies Dutch accent was just horrible! He made them sound like they were mentally challenged. I did like the story very much, but there were times when I was into what was happening and would all of a sudden get lost in some other minute detail about something else, taking me away from the excitement of the story, then took for ever to get back on track. It just seemed a bit all over the place for me. Two cases going on at once? It was a bit confusing. The narration like I stated before did not help at all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mareda, the women who one of the main characters, she was a good character. I also liked the assistant in department q. He gave the story some humor and depth.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    Only if it was his actual voice, he has a great voice but the accents he tried to do in this book were excruciating. They were horrible, made it hard to enjoy the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent it for a dollar, if I wanted something easy and predictable to watch. The whole movie budget would be used for the big finale at the end, that you had been waiting for the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    Get some other person to do the narration who can do an accent better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Houston 09-10-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "lackluster"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing, frankly, as well as better narration though the writing is the foundation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    Not based on this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    Not based on this.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    It's not a matter of cutting scenes or editing. The characters were two dimensional and/or unpleasant, crudely drawn. The plot un-original, nothing to grab one's interest. There simply is no compelling or convincing story line here. Other reviewers mentioned the bad Danish accent attempts on the part of the narrator, this might not have bothered me too much if the story had been interesting. But it's true that even in his "natural" American-accented English, the narrator's voice is unpleasantly nasal, flat, and his delivery very sleepy/slow. I'm sorry! I would like to find something nice to say but....


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    Robert E. Cockram 09-08-12
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    "better than the girl with the dragon tatoo"
    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    no I never listen to books twice - as soon as I start the whole book comes back and I get bored


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carl because he is so human, maybe flawed but so real


    Have you listened to any of Erik Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I'll look for him again


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Lassa reveal his reasoning and plan...you get a sense of the true psychopath and how limitless their evil realy is...it is like seeing the result of a narcissitic wound and appreciating what truly self involved people are capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

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    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 09-06-12
    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved It"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Kept me coming back for more, the suspense was good and not predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the books I would say was worth the read and I will look for another by this author.

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    T. Welch 09-05-12
    T. Welch 09-05-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I dont think I would recommend the book, the story is not very engaging


    Did Erik Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really - It was difficult to tell which character he was voicing, made it hard to follow along


    Did The Keeper of Lost Causes inspire you to do anything?

    no


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    G. R. Edmonson 09-04-12

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    "Pretty good murder mystery"

    The story was well read with names and name places properly pronounced making the listener more present as the story unfolds. Although it starts slowly once you are drawn in the storyline is compelling. Some parts of the book, probably intended as character development for the protagonist, are mostly background noise or filler, such as the antics of the annoying teenager. Overall worthwhile. Would I buy a sequel? Probably not.

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    Jill Great Bend, KS, United States 09-03-12
    Jill Great Bend, KS, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    interesting main character


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The place of the story, few books I have read are set in Denmark. The story itself was a bit much in one way......not to spoil the plot but I did find myself saying oh really!


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    He gets every name, word, accent spot on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cruel Danes


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    hans hawrysz Cambridge, ma United States 09-03-12
    hans hawrysz Cambridge, ma United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sets a deep hook"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Starts slow but reels you in. Weird accents add to the charm


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    Learning the secret of the bad guys


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